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Contemporary Civilization

"You will come first of all to the Sirens, who are enchanters / of all mankind and whoever comes their way; and that man / who unsuspecting approaches them, and listens to the Sirens / singing, has no prospect of coming home and delighting / his wife and children as they stand about him in greeting ... / but if you yourself are wanting to hear them, / then have them tie you hand and foot on the fast ship, standing / upright against the mast...." (The Odyssey, Circe’s instructions to Odysseus, 12.39-43, 49-51)